Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box

Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box

Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box

B&H # PYPDC21 MFR # PDC21
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Product Highlights

  • 1/4" Balanced Input
  • Unbalanced 1/4" Phone Output
  • XLR Balanced Output
  • Parallel 1/4" Phone Output
  • Ground Lift Switch
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The Pyle PDC21 Direct Box is an inexpensive tool for interfacing various audio sources. Send instrument and microphone signals to consoles, while simultaneously sending signal to monitor speakers in sound reinforcement and recording applications. The PDC21 Direct Box features a 1/4" phone line input, XLR and 1/4" outputs, parallel connection, and attenuation switch.

Easy interfacing and connection between various audio gear in numerous applications
Input attenuation: switchable (0db, -20db, -40db)
Instrument input: 50K unbalanced 1/4" TS jack
Parallel (Link) out: 50K unbalanced 1/4" TS jack
600 ohm balanced XLR output jack
Switchable ground lift
All steel chassis
UPC: 068888894784
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Pyle Pro PDC21 Direct Box
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Type Passive
    Input Connections Instrument: 1/4" Phone Jack, Unbalanced
    Parallel Link Out: 1/4" Phone Jack, Unbalanced
    Output Connectors Balanced Output: XLR Connector
    Input Level +8.1dBu (9V Battery)
    +11.3dBu (48V Phantom)
    Frequency Response 5Hz - 35kHz (-3dB)
    Noise -104dBu
    Power None
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 4.73 x 2.95 x 1.57" (12.01 x 7.49 x 3.98cm)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.4 x 3.6 x 1.9"
    PDC21 Direct Box is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 25.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from It got the job done but won't buy more 3 stars for working and being value price, but minus 2 stars for durability. Sound Quality is ok for the price but not as good as a Radial or Whirlwind, and requires some more gain to get the same level. The XLR connector feels very, very cheap. I would not expect to use this box for more than a weekend as the connectors break very easily. You get what you pay for. If your in need a Di box I'd suggest buying one from another brand, as paying double the price of this one will likely result in a box that will last you at least twice as long. Don't risk the sound quality of your show on something cheap like this!
    Date published: 2015-04-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does exactly what it says I am using 6 of these to get rid of ground loop hum when sending an unbalanced RCA output sound from a polycom video conference to a MOTU and/or Nexia CS digital audio mixer. Works great! The attenuation setting works well, although the ground on/off button doesn't seem to have any affect on my situation. Lowest price solution out there by a long shot! Only thing I didn't like was I had to use ended cables... a lot of the integration I do uses barrier strips/pheonix connectors/euroblocks ... which are screw terminals meant for bare-end wires. I would love to see an integrators version of this with screw terminal input outputs rather than the XLR and 1/4 phono plugs.
    Date published: 2014-02-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Risked and lost As a simple box to balance a signal, this box works well enough. I bought it as a DI for a guitar, assuming that it had a transformer inside with a high-impedance primary. The input impedance is 50K Ohms not high enough for a guitar. I expected 10M. If you are wanting to record a high impedance instrument, then buy a preamp with 10M input impedance. The ground float is a very nice feature. The connectors are of high quality, which was unexpected in a box priced so low.
    Date published: 2012-08-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent For Price I was super excited to find these boxes at this price. Direct boxes go walking from my facility, and the opportunity to pick a few up for under $10 each was something amazing that I didn't even think was possible. When I got them (by the way, B&H's customs service is AWESOME if you live in Canada) I was eager to put them head-to-head against the other DI's I had in the house, which were a no-name passive DI and a Behringer active DI. The only difference I could really discern is that these Pyle Pro boxes don't put out nearly as hot a signal as most DI boxes do. So they need a little more gain. But other than that... for the price... I can't complain. To find a passive DI with a ground lift AND an attenuator (which works great) for under $10 is a STEAL.
    Date published: 2012-05-03
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from DO NOT BUY first, thanks BH for the quick shipping, two days to Toronto. Bought 5, 3 DOA, 1 has finicky att switch so that sound cuts in and out at random. Emailed BH using contact us at bottom of page, no response after 7 days. probably not a good idea to shop from Canada.
    Date published: 2016-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from PDC21 Direct Box by Pyle Pro This is one great item to use on stage with the guitars. Love it!
    Date published: 2012-05-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Utility Box This is an inexpensive little direct box that I use in small installations to convert from balanced to unbalanced signal or unbalanced to balanced signal. Generally built pretty solid but I haven't used this unit on the road. No doubt it gets the job done. Only gets 4 stars because while it works fine and will continue to, you get what you pay for in terms of the transformer.
    Date published: 2012-09-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy. Plain. Simple. Effective. This little box has everything a nice DI has to have and at a price that won't offend your wallet. I wanted different DIs for bands I make sound for in different venues and I was tired of hauling those expensive Radial around. I just went for a couple of these and I must say these look pretty sturdy. Even has different Pad values!
    Date published: 2012-05-13
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